Brownstone - Sixpoint Brewery
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4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.0% ABV, 45 IBUs, 21 SRM, Best before 26APR2013
A - Rich ruby mahogany in color, Brownstone pours clear with a tall tan head. The firm pile of foam lowers slowly, collapsing around the perimeter but leaves whispy-to-chunky lace left on the pint for a sexy appeal!
S - Brownstone has a pleasant balance to the nose from the very beginning. Dry toasted bread is drizzled with zig-zagging strings of melted caramel and served up to combat the hoppy nose. Delicate pine and wood earthiness keep with the brown ale theme while a faint ale yeast fruitiness of plum and fig closes the aroma out.
T - Brownstone loses some of the aroma's more intricate complexities but replaces them with other interesting and unique traits. Toast and caramel sweetness linger with a lightly roasted coffee bean flavor that all overcomes the faint pine and woody hoppiness.
M - Smooth to the last drop, Brownstone is a medium bodied brown ale with a dry bite and crisp hoppy lingering bitterness but the finish feels just a little bit thin with a touch of alcohol poking through.
O - An easy drinking brown ale, Brownstone is crisp and clean with great malt and hop balance for an understated result. Sixpoint packs in delicate nuances which prevail when contemplating it's nature but are comfortable being lost in it's drinkability.
10-24-2012 23:41:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug. Best before March 2013.
Appearance: medium tawny brown with a moderately heavy haze. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam with decent retention and an attractive lace. Pretty good!
Smell: rich and complex malt aroma with caramel and toastiness which change character over time; a good dose of earthy hops is also present. I like it.
Taste: again, toasty and caramelly malt character which seems a bit sweeter than in the aroma. Hops are earthy and a little bit herbal and are more intense than the aroma. Bitterness is on the high side for the style, but altogether it works pretty well.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and a concomitant creaminess. I like it.
Overall: a bit bitter for a brown ale, even an American one; still, quite drinkable and definitely worth having again.
12-01-2012 00:28:10 | More by flagmantho
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
The Brownstone from Sixpoint was a nice beer I tried at the local Tap House & Grill. The beer poured a clear brownish amber with 1/2 finger thick white head that left a nice lacing. The smell was faint but carried biscuit and malt. The taste was a smooth well balanced Brown that was easily sessionable. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a good brown and worth a try.
07-22-2013 02:27:50 | More by WoodBrew
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Snagged a single for $2.69 at Vintage Estates.
A - A nice deep clear brown hue with a 1/4 inch of head that seems to settle into a mild lace ring.
S - rather hoppy for a brown ale, citrus hops, brown malt, and some chocolate notes.
T - Quite good as other said the taste grows on you. Not too sweet or bitter just fruity with the house yeast, some brown malts, and a splash of citrus hops in the finish. Has mild roasty tones.
M - Quite light for a brown ale still kind of chewy and moderately filling.
Overall I would get this again it's a pretty solid brown ale.
02-17-2013 04:32:42 | More by DrDemento456
3.74/5 rDev -4.1%
a thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some caramel. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, some caramel, tasty and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable and solid beer.
07-21-2013 13:35:54 | More by tone77
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
Aromas are a nice balance of dark brown sugar and breadiness. There is a hop presence here but I am having a hard time determining a variety. A touch of earthiness/woodiness and of course some nuttiness.
The taste follows the nose with a good balance of the brown sugar, molasses and breadiness; there is some caramel sweetness there as well. The nuttiness is more noticeable here and there is a a hit of bitter burnt nutty flavor at the end. A mild aftertaste of campfire smoke. The hops are quite forward and much more so than I remember first sampling in a growler about a year ago before Sixpoint even started canning their beers.
The mouthfeel is toward the lighter side with some lingering carbonation on the tongue. Finish is quite bitter and more hoppy than I would prefer in my brown ales.
Overall this is a good offering from Sixpoint, but just like all their recent can releases, I enjoyed their beers a lot more back when everything was draft only. Not enough malt to balance the emerging hoppy bitterness which ruins the overall flavor profile for me here.
09-30-2012 21:43:28 | More by claspada
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
16oz can, pours brown with some reddish hues when held to a light. Nice frothy, beige head holds excellent retention and leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are toasted malt, chocolate malt, grassy hops. Tastes are chocolate malt, fresh hops, toasty grain, unexpected hint of pine, nice balance with a hoppy bite on the finish. Mouth-feel is thin-medium, somewhat resiny, good carbonation. This was hoppier than expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice American Brown Ale.
09-14-2012 04:15:35 | More by barnzy78
4.24/5 rDev +8.7%
From the 16 oz. can stamped on the bottom with: Best Before 26 Apr 2013. Sampled on March 13, 2013.
This pours a handsome looking brown color with a big, puffy cream colored head the sits on top for the session. There is a slight cloudiness giving it that home brew feel.
The short description for the aroma is sweet but the characters are malts, nuts, and a mellow, subtle earthy hop note tickling my nose.
The body is medium with a touch of acidity.
Up front the taste is alive with sweet, flavorful malts, caramel as it warms, and a low to moderate hop bitterness on the tail end that gently goes to sleep as you finish it off. This is the kind of brown ale that I like.
03-12-2013 21:28:57 | More by puboflyons
4.06/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a creamy, lingering beige mousse.
S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, caramel, heavy cream, vanilla bean, and mild, earthy ale hops quickly reveal themselves on the nose.
T: Notes of minerals, lemon, lime, and herbs balance notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, toffee, brown butter, leather, heavy cream, and treacle. The finish is nicely balanced and pleasantly smooth, presenting a respectable integration of caramel, toffee, biscuit, herb, and mild citrus notes.
M: Medium-to-full in body and smooth. Carbonation is crisper than average for the style. Very drinkable.
O: A good brown ale. Really easy drinking and with enough complexity to warrant revisiting.
07-02-2014 18:32:09 | More by mrfrancis
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
About a medium brown in color with an orange hue to it, Brownstone forms a creamy, thick head about two fingers tall with great retention that leaves lacing thickly and impressively, from the two-finger broad ring to the chunky patching the rest of the way down the glass.
A hop-forward brown? Why not? This one showcases it from the get-go. There's a malt support with a note of roast and a hint of dark chocolate underneath, but really hops form the foundation. Leafy, citrus and floral notes with a bit of pine, they come out over the malts, which proceed to add a bit of toast and, particularly in the flavor, a nuttiness going into the finish.
Both smooth and crisp, there's a good feel to this medium-bodied beer, which has more going for it than most browns. It's not thick, by any means, but it possesses a depth most in this typically middle-of-the-road style don't. It's also a pretty dry feel, but not too abrasive, as the malts sitting beneath the hops add their own, just enough sweetness to keep it from chalky and make it great.
08-31-2012 16:30:24 | More by Brenden
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a murky brown color with cap of off white head, mix of dense and fluffy big bubbles, decent lacing. Scent is as murky as its appearance, earthy, bready and musty with touches of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is a bit more clean with a blend of carmel, chocolate, butterscotch, light molasses, brown sugar and damp earth, notes of dark roasted nuts and coffee. Medium bodied, smooth and lighter carbonation. Sort of a watered down version of DFH Indian Brown, some underlying bold notes that dont quite force themselves through the taste profile.
01-31-2011 14:23:53 | More by rfgetz
3.38/5 rDev -13.3%
Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours dark brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, light roasted nuts, and sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, crystal malt (iced tea) and light roasted malt. Definitely sweeter on the flavor side. An ok brown, definitely on the sweet side.
06-09-2009 18:27:52 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4/5 rDev +2.6%
On-tap at The Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ; served in a pint
Pours a chilled brown with a fluffy, creamy tan head. Excellent retention and loads of lace.
The aroma was subtle but distinct. Fresh baked dark bread, citrus hops, brown sugar and toasted nuts.
Some light orange peel up front with a doughy, chewy bready middle. The finish was of brown sugar and slightly toasted nuts and a touch of smoke. As it warms, I get more and more molasses. Amazingly clean. The flavors are real bright.
Medium body, not overly thick by any means. A hearty flavor profile with adequate carbonation. Pretty damn smooth.
This is an easily sessionable brown ale. Hearty, flavorful and relatively low in abv.
12-07-2009 22:28:42 | More by ColForbinBC
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours your standard chocolate brown color with a moderate bubbled khaki head that left some nice webby lacing on the glass.
The aroma is of a light grapefruit hop. Some metal notes from the malt and a subtle toasted malt.
Hops dominate the flavor of the American Brown Ale. Grapefruit in nature but of are a strength that won't confuse this with an IPA. Some leafy and grass notes from the hops as well. The malt is fairly weak for a brown ale. It provides some toasted flavor and perhaps a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. Some dry lemony notes in the finish.
Light to moderate feel with appropriate carbonation. Dry and almost astringent in the finish, not overly bitter.
A weak brown ale base with a good hop profile. Sixpoint definitely cut down on the yeast profile from the last time I had this beer. Would love to see more body to this beer.
08-19-2012 20:21:43 | More by Gmann
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
On tap at Capone's.
Poured a medium brown color with an averaged sized off white. Lighter lacing left on the glass. Aromas of toasted nuttiness, earthy, roastiness, and lighter coffee. Tastes of toasted caramel, nuts, chocolate, and roasty. Decent for a brown ale.
04-09-2009 19:35:58 | More by hopdog
Brownstone from Sixpoint Brewery
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